Dahlkemper with the USWNT in May 2019.
|Full name||Abigail Lynn Dahlkemper|
|Date of birth||May 13, 1993|
|Place of birth||Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|North Carolina Courage|
|2008–2011||Sacred Heart Preparatory|
|2015–2016||Western New York Flash||40||(2)|
|2015–2016||→ Adelaide United (loan)||12||(5)|
|2017–||North Carolina Courage||43||(0)|
|2008–2010||United States U-17|
|2011–2012||United States U-20|
|2012–2016||United States U-23|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of September 8, 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of October 6, 2019
Abigail Lynn Dahlkemper (born May 13, 1993) is an American soccer player. She plays as a defender for the United States national team and the North Carolina Courage of the National Women's Soccer League.
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Dahlkemper was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and raised in Menlo Park, California. She has two brothers and is the daughter of Andrew and Susan Dahlkemper. She attended Sacred Heart Preparatory and played on the soccer team.In 2010, she was named Gatorade California Girls Soccer Player of the Year and a Parade All-American.
Lancaster is a city located in South Central Pennsylvania which serves as the seat of Pennsylvania's Lancaster County and one of the oldest inland towns in the United States. With a population of 59,322, it ranks eighth in population among Pennsylvania's cities. The Lancaster metropolitan area population is 507,766, making it the 101st largest metropolitan area in the U.S. and second largest in the South Central Pennsylvania area.
Menlo Park is a city at the eastern edge of San Mateo County, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, in the United States. It is bordered by San Francisco Bay on the north and east; East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, and Stanford to the south; Atherton, North Fair Oaks, and Redwood City to the west. Menlo Park is one of the most educated cities in the state of California and the United States; nearly 70% of residents over the age of 25 have earned a bachelor's degree or higher. Menlo Park had 32,026 inhabitants according to the 2010 United States Census, which had grown to an estimated 34,357 inhabitants by 2017. The city is home to the corporate headquarters of Facebook.
Sacred Heart Preparatory is an independent, private, Society of the Sacred Heart-affiliated college preparatory school in Atherton, California, United States. It was established in 1898 and is located at 150 Valparaiso Avenue across the street from Menlo Park. It is one of very few coeducational schools of the Sacred Heart in the United States and abroad; most are all-female.
In 2013 she helped the Bruins win their first ever NCAA National Championship. In 2014, Dahlkemper was awarded the Honda Sports Award.
The NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship, sometimes known as the Women's College Cup, is an American college soccer tournament conducted by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and determines the Division I women's national champion.
The Honda Sports Award is an annual award in the United States, given to the best collegiate female athlete in each of twelve sports. There are four nominees for each sport, and the twelve winners of the Honda Award are automatically in the running for the Honda-Broderick Cup award, as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Three other athletes are honored as the Division II Athlete of the Year, Division III Athlete of the Year, and Inspiration Award winner.
In 2013, Dahlkemper signed with the Pali Blues in the W-League.The team won the western conference title as well as the national championship in July 2013.
Pali Blues was an American women's soccer team, which played from 2008 to 2014. The team was a member of the United Soccer Leagues USL W-League, the second tier of women's soccer in the United States and Canada. The team played in the Western Conference against Colorado Force, Colorado Rush, LA Strikers, Santa Clarita Blue Heat, Seattle Sounders Women, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Victoria Highlanders Women.
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In January 2015, Dahlkemper was selected by the Western New York Flash in the 2015 NWSL College Draft as the third overall pick.She was signed to the team in March and made her debut in April. Dahlkemper won the NWSL Championship with the Flash in 2016.
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In October 2015, Dahlkemper joined Adelaide United in the Australian W-League on loan for the 2015–16 season.
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Dahlkemper became part of the North Carolina Courage in 2017 after the Western New York Flash were sold to the owners of North Carolina FC.She played every minute for the Courage in 2017 helping them win the NWSL Shield. Dahlkemper was named to the 2017 NWSL Best XI. Dahlkemper was voted NWSL Defender of the Year for the 2017 Season.
In 2018 Dahlkemper played 19 regular season games for North Carolina. She was an important part of North Carolina's defence which broke the record for fewest goals conceded and repeated as NWSL Shield winners.She was named to the 2018 NWSL Best XI and was a finalist for Defender of the year. North Carolina won the 2018 NWSL Championship with a 3–0 win over Portland, and didn't concede any goals in the playoffs.
|Pali Blues||2013||USL W-League||?||0||1||0|
|Los Angeles Blues||2014||?||?||?||?|
|Western New York Flash||2015||National Women's Soccer League||20||0||0||0|
|Adelaide United FC||2015–16||W-League||12||5||0||0|
|Western New York Flash||2016||National Women's Soccer League||20||2||2||0|
|North Carolina Courage||2017||24||0||2||0|
In 2013, Dahlkemper represented the United States under-23 women's national soccer team at the 2013 Four Nations Tournament helping the under-23 team win the championship. She played in the 2014 Six Nations Tournament as a member of the under-23 team and helped lead the team to win the championship for a second time.
Dahlkemper received her first call-up to the U.S. Women's National Team in October 2016 for a set of friendlies against Switzerland. On October 19 she earned her first cap, as she came in as a second-half substitute.Due to a sepsis infection contracted at the end of 2016, Dahlkemper was unable to appear for the U.S. WNT until June 2017.
Following her recovery from sepsis, Dahlkemper quickly became a mainstay for the United States in central defense. She played her first 90 for the U.S. WNT against Norway on June 11, 2017. Dahlkemper would start 10 of the final 11 games of the year, accumulating 945 minitues in 2017, which was fifth highest on the team.
In 2018 Dahlkemper won the SheBelieves Cup and the Tournament of Nations with the U.S. WNT. On September 19, she was named to the final 20 player roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship.
In 2019, Dahlkemper was the starting central defender for the national team beside Becky Sauerbrunn at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France, marking her first World Cup appearance. Dahlkemper and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher were the only players to start every match of the tournament for the United States, with Dahlkemper playing every minute of the team's seven games aside from coming off in the 82nd minute against Chile in the group stage.Dahlkemper and the United States defeated the Netherlands 2–0 in the final to win the United States' fourth Women's World Cup title.
In 2019, along with USWNT teammates Crystal Dunn, Megan Rapinoe, and Alex Morgan, Dahlkemper posed for the 2019 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in Saint Lucia.
|2019 FIFA Women's World Cup|
|2019-06-11||Reims, France||Start||13–0 W||Group stage|
|2019-06-13||Paris, France||3–0 W||Group stage|
|2019-06-20||Le Havre, France||Start||2–0 W||Group stage|
|2019-06-24||Reims, France||Start||2–1 W||Round of 16|
|2019-06-28||Paris, France||Start||2–1 W||Quarter-final|
|2019-07-02||Décines-Charpieu, France||Start||2–1 W||Semi-final|
Western New York Flash
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